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PM assures poll credibility

Nasik Swami
Thursday, June 05, 2014

PRIME Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama says the electoral process is completely independent with an independent Electoral Commission and an Elections Office that has dedicated staff members to organise and conduct the one-day poll.

Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama said the previous practice of using civil servants to conduct the election was open to abuse.

"And we have reached overseas to recruit a team of international experts to avoid some of the fraud and mismanagement that marred previous elections in Fiji," he said.

The prime minister said to ensure ordinary Fijian voters fully understood the process, a massive campaign of voter education was being conducted.

"More than 550,000 voters have so far registered using the new electronic system.

"And we have sent teams to those parts of the world where there are known to be large numbers of Fijians living to include them in the election process."

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